FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) registered a season-high four points, on two goals and two assists, to help the Corsairs produce their highest scoring output of the season in a 7-1 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) ice hockey victory at Loring Arena, Saturday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Framingham State 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth: (11-7, 7-5 MASCAC) | Framingham State: (2-16, 1-11 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs utilized a well-balanced attack as 11 players registered at least one point, paced by Shea. Senior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) and junior Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each produced two goals, while senior Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) recorded a marker and a helper.
UMass Dartmouth decisively won the special teams battle, combining for four goals. The Corsairs went 2-for-9 on the power play, while killing off all six infractions and capitalizing on three short-handed goals. UMass Dartmouth has produced four short-handed goals in the past three days.
Facing their initial penalty of the contest, UMass Dartmouth quickly switched the momentum with a short-handed goal 11 seconds into the man-down situation to stake the visitors to an early 1-0 advantage. Kelly notched his eighth goal of the season, while junior Joe Echelmeier (Doylestown, Pa.) and Shea were credited with assists. Less than four minutes later, Baldino doubled the Corsairs lead with an unassisted marker to send the visitors into the locker room up 2-0.
Framingham State needed just 75 seconds to cut its deficit in half as Tyler Colacchio (Bellingham, Mass.) potted his fifth of the campaign into the back of the net. However, UMass Dartmouth sandwiched a pair of Shea short-handed tallies around a Berkley goal to seize control of the conference contest.
The Corsairs continued to carry the momentum into the third period, converting two power-play opportunities to seal the victory. Baldino notched his team-tying sixth power-play goal at 9 minutes, seven seconds, while Berkley rounded out the scoring with his third on the extra-man.
Inside the Numbers
- Junior Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) backstopped UMass Dartmouth to the victory, turning aside 33 of the 34 shots he faced. Michals registered double digits in saves in the first and second periods, including 17 in the second stanza.
- Classmate Jacob Ferreira (Westport, Mass.) made his first appearance in net this afternoon, posting one stop over the final four minutes, one second.
- UMass Dartmouth ranks atop NCAA Division II and III in short-handed goals with 10, one man-down goal higher than Plymouth State (9).
- This is the third time this season the Corsairs have scored multiple markers when facing a penalty kill situation, most recently against Westfield State on Jan. 14.
- Shea currently ranks second in the MASCAC and eighth in the nation in points with 30, on 10 goals and 20 assists.
- Both of Shea's goals on the contest came while shorthanded. The last Corsair to notch a pair of man-down goals in a single game was Dave McDonald, who notched a pair against Fitchburg State on Dec. 1, 2012.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, when the Corsairs host MASCAC foe Worcester State. UMass Dartmouth owns the season series with a 5-4 overtime win on November 1, 2016 and a 3-1 victory on January 8, 2017.